By Alan Hutton

9th Nov, 2021 | 1:54pm

Pundit reveals how long Ogbonna will be sidelined after West Ham 'massive blow' confirmed

Alan Hutton has insisted Angelo Ogbonna’s serious knee injury is a “massive blow” for West Ham.

The former Scotland defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the 33-year-old could face the rest of the season on the sidelines.

As confirmed by West Ham (November 9th), Ogbonna suffered damage to his anterior cruciate ligament during the Hammers’ 3-2 win over Liverpool on Sunday.

The club revealed the Italian defender will see a specialist in the coming days to determine a timeline on his return to action.

Ogbonna has already begun his rehabilitation at West Ham’s Rush Green training base.

The 11-time Italy international has been ever-present for David Moyes’ side this season, starting all 11 Premier League fixtures.

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Hutton insisted the injury will provide “an opportunity” for one of West Ham’s fringe stars.

“It’s a massive blow, no-one likes to see players get injured – never mind an ACL injury,” he told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury.

“It’s probably the worst thing you can do, so that’ll be him out for the season as Van Dijk was.

“There will be an opportunity for someone to come in, Dawson is waiting in the wings, so is Diop – so they have got the cover in that centre-back position.

“You just hope that he can come back and maintain his impressive levels after the injury.”

Ogbonna is out of contract at West Ham next summer, having signed for the club in 2015.

The former Juventus star underwent knee surgery in 2017, missing 16 Premier League fixtures for the Hammers as a result.

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